Working Down in El Paso

This is the real West Texas where I am living right now. For the moment I am going to be living in the back room of my brother in law’s place. He found me this job and I am going to need a place to stay. It looks like I found a good place near the job site, a little place in the range. It is a bit too close to the border and of course there is a war zone in Juarez across the Mexican border. I went to and picked out a power company to hook up the power this morning and then I went out and waited on them to come past the place. You can see the Cesar E. Chavez Border Highway from the front door of this place and the river is right past the highway, although you can not see it from there. At any rate I was standing there and I heard this noise off in the distance. I could not figure it out, but of course it something you do not want to hear from your front door.

The guy who came to hook the power up laughed when he saw that I was perplexed. He asked me if I had never heard an AK 47 before. I had heard them, but only on TV. Apparently it is not that big of a deal to hear fully automatic gunfire in big parts of this town. The world here is a bit different than it is in other places. The guy told me that I should probably keep my butt on my side of the Rio Bravo Del Norte. I did not need to be told that this was a very good idea, but of course if you were looking for trouble it’d be the move.

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